Definition of sperm in English:

sperm

Syllabification: sperm
Pronunciation: /spərm
 
/

noun (plural same or sperms)

  • 1 short for spermatozoon.
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    • Hennig is now doing research into how DNA works in the cell after connection of sperms and eggs.
    • Fertility scientists like Trounson say it is only a matter of time before the technique is also used to develop sperm and eggs cells, making infertility a thing of the past.
    • In the sex cells, the sperms and eggs, chromosomes come in singles.
  • 1.1 informal Semen.
    [ late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek sperma 'seed', from speirein 'to sow']
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    • If there is a problem with the male partner sperm, then sperm from an anonymous donor may be used.
    • Males taking thalidomide should not donate sperm or blood.
    • It's those bad boys swinging away down low that produce the two things - testosterone and sperm - that determine what kind of man you are.
  • 2 short for sperm whale.
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    • They claim that after 15 years, many species of whale, particularly the minke and the sperm, have recovered sufficiently so that as many as a couple of thousand a year can be sustainably harvested.
  • 2.1 short for spermaceti or sperm oil.

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